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Federal Grand Jury Indictments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 13, 2012

Contact Person: Beth Drake (803) 929-3000

Columbia, South Carolina ---- United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that a Federal Grand Jury in Greenville, South Carolina, returned Indictment(s) against the following:

Mauldin Resident Indicted for Conspiring to Commit Mail and Wire Fraud
Wallace Lindsey Howell, age 60, of Mauldin, South Carolina, was charged in a 3-count Superseding Indictment with conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1349. The maximum penalty Wallace Lindsey Howell could receive is 20 years imprisonment for each count. The case was investigated by agents of the United States Secret Service and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney William J. Watkins, Jr. of the Greenville office for prosecution.

Greenville Resident Indicted for Aggravated Identity Theft, Credit Card Fraud and Possession of Stolen Mail
Shirley Ann Rogers, age 51, of Greenville, South Carolina, was charged in a 3-count Indictment with aggravated identity theft, credit card fraud and possession of stolen mail, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1028A(a)(1), 1029(a)(5), and 1708. The maximum penalty Shirley Ann Rogers could receive is 2 years imprisonment for violating Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A(a)(1); 15 years imprisonment for violating Title 18, United States Code, Section 1029(a)(5) ; and 5 years imprisonment for violating Title 18, United States Code, Section 1708. The case was investigated by agents of the United States Postal Inspection Service and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney William C. Lucius of the Greenville office for prosecution.

Foreign National Charged with Illegal Re-entry
MIGUEL ROJAS-LIMA, was charged in a one-count Indictment with illegal re-entry to the United States, a violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326. The maximum penalty he could receive, depending on his prior criminal history, is two years to twenty imprisonment. This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Max Cauthen of the Greenville office for prosecution.

Foreign National Charged with Fraud and Illegal Re-entry
JUDITH PAULINA HERNANDEZ-ALVAREZ was charged in a multi-count Indictment with illegal re-entry to the United States, false use of a social security number, providing false information, and use of a fraudulent registration receipt card, violations of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326; Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1001 and 1546; and Title 42, United States Code, Section 408. The maximum penalty she could receive, depending on her prior criminal history, is twenty years imprisonment. This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Max Cauthen of the Greenville office for prosecution.

Individuals Indicted for Illegal Re-Entry Into the United States
Marlon Antonio Escalante-Escobar, Angel Gabriel Matute-Zambrano, Jose Miguel Hernandez-Jara, Olivier Navarro-Cerdas, Jorge Mota-Colorado, Gerson David Ordonez-Irias, Juan Antonio Leon-Garcia, Pedro Arias-Rivera, Maximino Leon-Luna, Armando Castro-Diaz, and Jose Alberto Lopez-Flores, were charged in single count Indictments for re-entering the United States after having been deported from the United States without applying for re-admission, a violation of Title 8, United States Code, Section 1326. The maximum penalty the defendants could receive is from 2 to 20 years imprisonment. The cases were investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents and is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Carrie Fisher Sherard of the Greenville office for prosecution.

The United States Attorney stated that all charges in these Indictments are merely accusations and that all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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